Trial Set for Monday in Chili Powder Death

11-7-05 - A woman accused of suffocating her 5-month-old daughter with the chili powder she was using as a remedy for thumb sucking was scheduled to go on trial Monday.

Angela DiSabella, 21, faces a capital murder charge. Prosecutors are not seeking the death penalty against DiSabella.

Her daughter Kira DiSabella died May 31, 2004 after paramedics rushed her to the hospital. DiSabella had called 911 to report that her daughter was not breathing.

Kira was malnutritioned and had chili powder in her throat and on her body, police said.

Officers also found the seasoning scattered on the kitchen counter and sink of DiSabellas's Irving apartment.

DiSabella told police that she put the powder on Kira's thumb after getting the idea on the Internet, according to the affidavit.

Child Protective Services had opened an investigation on the family in March 2004, after someone reported that the baby wasn't gaining weight. CPS investigators tried three times to reach DiSabella at a Dallas address where they were believed to be living. Although CPS located Kira's father, they didn't find the mother and child, officials said.